(Mankato, MN) -- Mankato Public Safety has a new drone it wants to use around the city, but residents have to approve how it's used. The city says residents can look at a draft plan on the Every Voice Mankato website and provide feedback on the drone's use. Comments can be made online until October 5th. There will also be a city council meeting on October 11th.
(Waseca, MN) -- A person's dead after a house fire in southern Minnesota. The fire broke out at a home in Waseca Wednesday evening. Police say firefighters rescued an adult woman from inside the house but she died at the scene. Her cause of death hasn't been determined and her identity hasn't been released.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Talks are underway to put up a security fence around U.S. Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority board voted this week to move forward with the project and to explore fencing options. The MFSA is looking to get estimates on the cost to create a "permanent secured perimeter." A fence was first recommended by the Department of Homeland Security in 2016. The design and development process is expected to take about a year, with construction following.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minneapolis Department of Education is suing Feeding Our Future for 583-thousand dollars in legal fees the agency spent defending what leaders call a "sham" lawsuit. The nonprofit sued the Education Department in 2020 after the state cut its funding following concerns about a large increase in the number of poor children the organization claimed to be feeding during the pandemic. The Education Department claims that Feeding Our Future's lawsuit was a distraction to keep the state from discovering a massive fraud scheme by the nonprofit that cost the government more than 250-million dollars.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- It is time to vote in Minnesota. Early voting for the November election begins today. Voters can cast their ballot at the local elections office or at a special voting center. People can also mail-in their absentee ballots. Voters in Minnesota need to be 18-years-old and have proof that they've lived in the state for at least 20 days.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- There were 14 swatting calls at schools across Minnesota, and police are all but certain they came from the same person. The BCA gave an update on its investigation into this week's rash of calls about fake, active shootings at local schools. Investigators say schools from International Falls to Fairmont, and of course in the Twin Cities got calls. The BCA says Minnesota is not alone. Investigators say other states saw similar swatting calls, which gave them a heads-up the calls were fake.
The City of Mankato’s Public Safety Fire Open House is back and will be held Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Center, 710 S. Front St. Learn about fire safety and watch demonstrations about kitchen fires and fire sprinkler systems. Tour the station, view fire safety displays, explore fire trucks and learn about the importance of having an escape route. Staff will also be offering portable fire extinguisher training to attendees.
Mankato Area Foundation (MAF), along with 11 partners from our public, private and nonprofit sectors, is proud to announce they are launching one of the largest community-led, mixed-method inclusivity studies in America. The Greater Mankato Inclusivity Study (GMIS) will gauge the current status of inclusivity for students, individuals who work in, and residents of the Greater Mankato area (Blue Earth and Nicollet counties).The study is publicly and privately funded and is being conducted by a national firm, Intercultural Competence Edge, Inc.
Because of forecasted rain on Friday, Minnesota State University, Mankato has moved Friday’s Homecoming concert inside to Myers Field House. The Homecoming bonfire and fireworks are free and open to the public and will continue as planned, with gates opening at 7 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium. No tickets are required. A program will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the bonfire and fireworks will begin at 8 p.m.
WellShare International, a public health non-profit organization headquartered in Minneapolis, with a community health worker hub in Mankato, announced that they will commence a new partnership with the Mayo Clinic Health System. The Mayo Clinic Health System is providing funding for WellShare’s new Mankato Somali Youth Group, the first Somali youth group in Mankato.